‘A Kingdom the Size of a Flea Circus’

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I’ve been looking forward to sharing with you this article by Martin Selbrede, “Are Christians Destroying the Kingdom?”, published in May in Chalcedon’s Arise and Build newsletter. Here it is–dive right in!


This whole idea that Christians shouldn’t get involved in “worldly” things like business, the arts and sciences, public affairs, etc., has done no end of damage. In the mid-19th century, for instance, most of America’s college presidents were also ordained ministers of the Gospel. Look at it now. Can anyone but a total lunatic argue that Christians were on the ball when they surrendered all of “education” to the heathen? Our colleges are pumping out poison today because Christians deluded by retreatist theology resigned those institutions to the enemy.

Besides which, just standing around strumming a harp and reciting psalms gets unbearably boring after a while.

Christ Himself commanded His servants, “Occupy until I come” (Luke 19:13); and the master in the parable was mighty made at the slothful servant who took the money he’d been entrusted with and simply buried it instead of investing it.

We are to be advancing Christ’s Kingdom: that’s why we’re here!

5 comments on “‘A Kingdom the Size of a Flea Circus’

  1. Thanks for posting this, Lee.

    I was raised in such a manner; no “worldly” studies were considered worthwhile and my childhood ambition to become a doctor was thwarted when I was told that Christians couldn’t become doctors. Fairly early on, I gave up and did just enough in school to pass from one grade to the next. Had it not been for the computer revolution, I’d be stuck in menial jobs.

    We need to use our talents wisely. Placing young Christians in a no win situation, salvageable only with the return of Christ is a surefire way to insure that most leave the church. For me, it became an imperative, because it was the only way I could make a living. Pretty much everything I did was frowned upon by someone. Eventually, I had to leave the frowners behind and get on with life. It cost me pretty much everything, because many of my friends, and even some relatives, decided that I had abandoned Christianity and distanced themselves from me.

    My point is this; teaching Christians to disengage from life is toxic and certainly a falsehood. Of course I am no part of this world, with regard to its immoral behavior and attitudes, but if this world wants their computer network to operate properly, I’m one of the people that can help them, and I’ll do it to the best of my ability.

    This is the world God allowed us to be born into. We need to live each day, unto the LORD and His glory. I would like to think that my humble efforts as a Network Engineer help my neighbors. I would like to think that I earn my salary and return benefits of much greater worth than what I am paid. Every night, I thank the Sovereign of the Universe for His provision and I am keenly aware that I defied the odds by His help. Without him, I’d be a WalMart greeter, or worse.

    1. Very well said, kimosabe! If you don’t mind, I’d like to pass your comment on to Martin. He’d be glad to know you’ve heard his message.

      At Chalcedon we think it’s important to put our God-given talents to use in advancing Christ’s Kingdom. The Lord appreciates diligence in his servants–even in Walmart greeters.

  2. The Rapture of the Church before the end of the age had been so destructive to Kingdom building. Most Southern Baptists still teach it, and it also is preached among Pentecostal groups. As J. Vernon McGee taught “Why polish brass on a sinking ship.”

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